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Shaping San Francisco

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Highlights of the people's history of San Francisco are featured in these short video clips: footage from just after the 1906 Quake, views of the 1917 Ironworkers Strike, Mayor Rossi's speech during the 1934 General Strike, Harvey Milk's last words, scenes from the "White Night Riot's," and a look at a 1991 Anti-war Demonstration are just a few of the many eclectic pieces that make up this collection.

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Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 114,638
favorite 23
comment 11
Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 11 reviews )
Topics: Presidio, Gay Sex, Harry Hay
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 29,756
favorite 6
comment 2
Harvey Milk's last words, delivered posthumously, recorded in case of his assassination... excerpted from The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Harvey Milk, last words, Gay
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 24,481
favorite 12
comment 1
Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: riot, White Night, Harvey Milk
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 20,275
favorite 5
comment 5
Newsreel footage from the Market Street celebration of the end of WWI in San Francisco, 1918.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: WWI, San Francisco, 1918
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 19,557
favorite 9
comment 5
Footage taken about a month after the massive earthquake and fire of 1906.
favoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: Earthquake, Fire, 1906
Shaping San Francisco
by Kathy Katz and Mike Kavanagh
movies
eye 13,977
favorite 14
comment 9
An excerpt from Farmcore, a 45-minute documentary about The Farm, the remarkable rural oasis under the freeways in San Francisco from 1974-1986, an autonomous zone that housed farm animals, rehearsal, and performance space, theater and punk rock...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topics: Farm, San Francisco, punk rock, 1970s, eviction, utopian experiment
Shaping San Francisco
by Caitlin Manning
movies
eye 13,848
favorite 2
comment 0
The infamous Geneva Towers housing project was imploded to make way for improved public housing.
Topics: public housing, Geneva Towers, implosion
Shaping San Francisco
by Christian Bruno and Sam Green
movies
eye 10,235
favorite 13
comment 3
The 1969 San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the steps of City Hall, but is unexpectedly attacked by independent filmmakers with pies. This footage was long-lost and then found and made into a movie in the late 1990s.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Film Festival, 1969, Pie Fight
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 9,864
favorite 4
comment 5
Mud people descend on downtown San Francisco... the only rules? No walking and no talking! Merry mayhem ensues.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: mud people, financial district, anarchy
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 9,596
favorite 0
comment 1
Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
( 1 reviews )
Topics: John Muir, Hetch Hetchy, San Francisco water system
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 9,555
favorite 3
comment 0
animated map showing the three days of the Great San Francisco fire of 1906 that followed the earthquake.
Topics: 1906 fire, animation, Big One
Shaping San Francisco
by Glenn Bachmann
movies
eye 9,417
favorite 7
comment 2
The old Falstaff brewery became a home to punk rockers in the early 1980s before its demolition. Here's a glimpse of an impromptu concert outside.
favoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Punk, Vats, Brewery
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 9,022
favorite 5
comment 2
scenes of students being washed down rotunda stairs in SF City Hall during mass arrests at HUAC hearings, May 1960.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: HUAC, protests, City Hall
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 8,702
favorite 2
comment 0
Thomas Fleming, former editor of SF Sun Reporter, tells how then Mayor Roger Lapham wondered in a 1946 press conference when the thousands of African-Americans who had come to work in SF during WWII would return to the South. Fleming sets him straight.
Topics: Fleming, African-Americans in SF, Mayor Lapham
Shaping San Francisco
by Caitlin Manning
movies
eye 8,684
favorite 3
comment 0
short excerpt from documentary "Stripped Bare" highlighting the sex-positive retail operation Good Vibrations, a long-time resident on Valencia Street in the Mission.
Topics: Good Vibrations, sex-positive, vibrators
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 8,427
favorite 6
comment 1
Turn of the 19th century crowds at Ocean Beach
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Ocean Beach, Cliff House, 1900
Shaping San Francisco
by n/a
movies
eye 8,412
favorite 4
comment 0
excerpt from William Mandel's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing at San Francisco City Hall, May 1960.
Topics: William Mandel, HUAC 1960, San Francisco City Hall
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 8,406
favorite 9
comment 2
scenes of Japanese-Americans being shipped out of the Fillmore on their way to "internment".
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Japanese Internment, WWII, war crimes
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 8,300
favorite 1
comment 1
Difficult to discern, but President Teddy Roosevelt is in a procession heading up Van Ness in this short clip.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Teddy Roosevelt, Van Ness, parade
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 8,163
favorite 11
comment 0
silent footage of a mass bike ride in Golden Gate Park in 1915 which was headed to the Panama-Pacific Int'l. Exposition.
Topics: bicycles, mass rides, 1915
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 7,892
favorite 0
comment 0
A Summer of Love poem/rap by San Francisco legend "Diamond Dave" Whitaker.
Topics: Summer of Love, Diamond Dave Whitaker, spoken word
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 7,850
favorite 2
comment 1
Dedication of Dewey Monument in Union Square, c. 1903. St. Francis Hotel visible behind scene.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Union Square, Dewey Monument, 1903
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 7,849
favorite 3
comment 0
Another clip from the 1996 video interview with Mattachine Society founder Harry Hay in which he describes the absence of language to describes gays in the 1930s. The word "homosexual" wasn't even in the dictionary until about 1939, so he recounts how men in the community back then would refer to each other as "that way" or on a good day as "temperamental."
Topics: gay, gay identity, homosexual, 1930s, sociology, language, self-reference
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 7,598
favorite 4
comment 0
Health inspectors walk up Chinatown alley
Topics: Chinatown, plague, alleys
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 7,433
favorite 7
comment 3
Animation dramatizing the choice between "prosperity" and "anarchy, sedition, and lawlessness" in 1916
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Tom Mooney, Preparedness Day, bomb
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 7,358
favorite 6
comment 1
Silent footage of picketers marching through the streets and attacking a scab-driven streetcar at Haight and Buchanan during violent 1917 streetcar strike.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Streetcar strike, URR, 1917
Shaping San Francisco
by Biker-X
movies
eye 7,148
favorite 4
comment 1
footage of the chaotic July 1997 ride in which Mayor Brown unleashed the police to attack bicyclists.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: bicycles, Critical Mass, police riot
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 7,140
favorite 2
comment 0
Footage shot from a canoe ride under the Bay Bridge takes a look back at the San Francisco waterfront from under the bridge.
Topics: Bay Bridge, SF Bay, waterfront
Shaping San Francisco
by Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue
movies
eye 6,766
favorite 4
comment 1
excerpted from a documentary prepared by the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue, showing the battles that took place in the late 1980s between anti-abortion direct action groups like OR, and women who defended clinics against them.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: abortion, women, Operation Rescue
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 6,758
favorite 4
comment 1
Sped-up trip eastward along the old Sutro Steam railroad from Cliff house back towards the then-empty Golden Gate.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Golden Gate, Lands End, railroad
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 6,430
favorite 4
comment 1
Seal Rock off the Cliff House, the ocean roaring around it.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Seal Rock, Pacific Ocean, Cliff House view
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 6,327
favorite 3
comment 2
Fatty Arbuckle and one of his adoring dames, posing for the publicity cameras of the PPIE in 1915.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Fatty Arbuckle, PPIE, 1915
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 6,133
favorite 1
comment 0
shot from a canoe off Pier 33 looking up at Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill.
Topics: Telegraph Hill, SF Bay, Coit Tower
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 5,938
favorite 1
comment 0
Former editor of San Francisco Sun Reporter, Thomas Fleming, gives his account of the 1966 Hunter's Point Riot, which led to three days of martial law in some neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Topics: Thomas Fleming, 1966 Hunter's Point riot, Black San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Bert Gould
movies
eye 5,836
favorite 9
comment 1
Original Pathe News newsreel footage describing the unfolding General Strike in breathless and fearsome tones.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Big Strike, 1934, newsreel
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 5,728
favorite 3
comment 1
A strike begins at the Union Iron Works at the foot of Potrero Hill in 1917.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Strike, Potrero Hill, Union Iron Works
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 5,706
favorite 4
comment 1
brief excerpt from a documentary on the Key System, which once ran trains across the Bay Bridge.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Key System, Ferry Building, Bay trains
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 5,551
favorite 1
comment 0
Artist Pele DeLappe describes her encounter at age 15 with Frieda Rivera (Kahlo), sitting around painting and smoking cigarettes together, while Diego Rivera was painting the San Francisco Stock Exchange mural (c. 1930)
Topics: Frieda Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Pele DeLappe
Shaping San Francisco
by Paper Tiger TV West
movies
eye 5,474
favorite 5
comment 1
scenes from demonstrations against the 1991 Gulf War in San Francisco.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Gulf War I991, civic center, anti-war protests
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 5,224
favorite 5
comment 1
Before occupational health and safety, this is how excavation was done. A steam shovel is digging a tunnel for the SF Muni, c. 1917.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: steam shovel, digging tunnels, excavation
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 4,963
favorite 5
comment 4
Ferlinghetti in his Potrero Hill home in 1965, ruminating on San Francisco
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Ferlinghetti, Potrero Hill, poetry
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 4,610
favorite 2
comment 2
West Portal tunnel under construction, Portola Drive cutting through empty surrounding hillsides.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: West Portal, Portola Drive, Sutro Forest
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 4,572
favorite 5
comment 1
silent footage of strikers marching, parading along waterfront, cops on horseback, scenes of the Embarcadero
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: waterfront strike, longshoremen, 1934
Shaping San Francisco
by Chunkmoonhunter Productions
movies
eye 4,490
favorite 6
comment 1
Hundreds of police attack the I-Hotel on Kearny in 1977 to evict the remaining tenants.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: I-Hotel, police, eviction
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 4,464
favorite 1
comment 0
Pelicans soar across the water in front of the San Francisco skyline.
Topics: pelicans, SF Bay, waterfront
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 4,407
favorite 3
comment 1
panoramic view of the PPIE on San Francisco's northern edge, 1915, as broadcast in a 1930s newsreel.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: PPIE, World's Fairs, Marina District
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 4,334
favorite 2
comment 1
Harry Hay describes the pickup scene at the North Beach bar Finocchio's in the early 1930s.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Harry Hay, Finocchio's, gay dating
Shaping San Francisco
by Jim Swanson
movies
eye 4,200
favorite 1
comment 0
Using the well-worn image of Yerba Buena cove in 1847, this animation dramatizes the rapidity with which it filled up after the Gold Rush, with a voiceover introducing Shaping San Francisco's 1st CD release.
Topics: San Francisco, Yerba Buena Cove, 1847
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 4,124
favorite 1
comment 1
Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of Local 10 ILWU, describes the role of containerization in the global economy.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: containerization, longshoring, globalization
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 3,956
favorite 1
comment 2
footage of Catholic Feast Day parade on Potrero Hill, April 25, 1937.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Potrero Hill, Parade, Feast Day
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 3,951
favorite 6
comment 1
Hazel Lagenour, first woman to swim across the Golden Gate, in 1911, provided courtesy Bill Pickelhaupt.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: First swim, Golden Gate, Hazel Lagenour
Shaping San Francisco
by Mary Ellen Churchill
movies
eye 3,811
favorite 1
comment 1
Alejandro Murguia, who fought in the 1978 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, describes the role San Francisco played in the uprising.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Sandinistas, Nicaragua, Bernal Heights
Shaping San Francisco
by Bert Gould
movies
eye 3,790
favorite 9
comment 0
Pathe News newsreel footage of the first days of San Francisco's General Strike, stores and streets empty.
Topics: Big Strike, 1934, newsreel
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 3,634
favorite 6
comment 1
3 seconds of the Cliff House from Ocean Beach, people milling about on the beach in the foreground.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Cliff House, Ocean Beach, 1900
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 3,562
favorite 1
comment 2
The San Francisco Illegal Soapbox Society conducted races on Bernal Heights for years, and still does at unpredictable times.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Soapbox Derby, Bernal Heights, underground culture
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 3,536
favorite 1
comment 1
canoe ride into Mission Creek before the freeway was reconfigured or Mission Bay was built.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Mission Creek, freeways, Mission Bay
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 3,391
favorite 1
comment 0
Harry Hay, venerable co-founder of modern Gay movement, tells about being in crowd during 1934 waterfront strike in San Francisco, how militia was shooting into crowd, and bullets whizzed past his head.
Topics: Harry Hay, 1934 General Strike, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 3,359
favorite 0
comment 0
Roberto Lovato, who grew up on Folsom near 25th Street during the 1970s, describes how his father was involved in the "alternative economy" centered on Hunt's Donuts at 20th and Mission, and how it benefitted his extended Salvadoran families in San Francisco and in El Salvador.
Topics: Crime, Salvadoran community, Mission District
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 3,346
favorite 0
comment 0
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz interviewed by Chris Carlsson July 6, 1999, on 1970s Central American Solidarity Movements in San Francisco, their influence on and from the growing gay movement in the city.
Topics: Sandinistas, San Francisco, Gay Movement
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 3,222
favorite 3
comment 0
images from the End of the World's Fair, held May 12, 1984, marching up Market Street and ending at Dolores Park.
Topics: End of the World's Fair, San Francisco, 1984
Shaping San Francisco
by Flyaway Productions
movies
eye 3,179
favorite 0
comment 0
Modern dancers "re-purpose" the Copra Crane on Islais Creek for a stunning dance performance. The Copra Crane has been the subject of a campaign to save it as a monument to the old days of longshoring at the creek.
Topics: dance, Copra Crane, Islais Creek
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 3,160
favorite 0
comment 2
Scenes from the chaotic 3rd birthday Critical Mass bike ride in San Francisco
favoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Critical Mass, bicycles, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Biotic Baking Brigade
movies
eye 3,148
favorite 0
comment 1
Mayor Willie Brown is hit with 3 pies by activists of the Biotic Baking Brigade at a "Clean-up" event in Bayview/Hunter's Point.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Willie Brown, Biotic Baking Brigade, pie-throwing
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 3,146
favorite 2
comment 1
"Diamond Dave" Whitaker recites his Digger poem
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Diamond Dave Whitaker, Diggers, counterculture
Shaping San Francisco
by Mike Kavanaugh, MaryEllen Churchill, and Kathy Katz
movies
eye 3,050
favorite 1
comment 0
A 47-minute documentary about San Francisco's "The Farm," which was a remarkable urban laboratory and creative space, in addition to being a farm with animals, vegetables, fruit trees, farmers, circus performers, discussions, performance, punk rock shows, and much much more...
Topics: The Farm, Jack Wickert, Bonnie Ora Sherk, urban farming, urban gardening, circus, children,...
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 3,028
favorite 1
comment 0
footage of 1994 Carnival in SF proceeding on 24th Street.
Topics: Carnival, Mission, Music
Shaping San Francisco
by Peace Navy
movies
eye 2,944
favorite 1
comment 4
excerpt from documentary on Fleet Week created by the Peace Navy as part of their campaign against the event.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Peace Navy, Fleet Week, anti-militarism
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 2,912
favorite 1
comment 0
edited from silent footage from the Prelinger Archive to collect the images of Powell Street cable car turnaround and some shots going up and down Powell too.
Topics: Powell Street, cable cars, 1920s
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 2,688
favorite 2
comment 0
Peter Berg, an original San Francisco Digger, describes how their ubiquitous poster image called "1% Free" came to be, detailing the origin of the photo, the soruce of 1% in the Hells Angels at the time, and the production and distribution of the poster itself.
Topics: Diggers, Peter Berg, 1% Free, Free, Hells Angels, Chinatown, Arnold Genthe
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 2,687
favorite 0
comment 1
Sea Lions cavort on piers facing San Francisco's Pier 39.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Sea Lions, Pier 39, Tourism
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 2,586
favorite 0
comment 1
Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes the importance of the Hiring Hall to the culture and politics of longshoring.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: ILWU, hiring hall, longshoremen
Shaping San Francisco
movies
eye 2,440
favorite 1
comment 1
Mayor Angelo Rossi appeals to San Franciscans to allow business to proceed, while most of the city is on strike in July 1934.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Mayor Rossi, General Strike, 1934
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 2,414
favorite 0
comment 1
Artist Mona Caron describes the meaning of her mural along the newly christened Duboce Bikeway.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: murals, Duboce Bikeway, Mona Caron
Shaping San Francisco
by Mooney Defense
movies
eye 2,413
favorite 2
comment 1
Tom Mooney, filmed by his defense team in San Quentin, appeals for a new trial or a death sentence, rather than the endless years in jail... he had already been in jail for 16 years. Excerpt from "The Strange Case of Tom Mooney".
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Tom Mooney, San Quentin, Preparedness Day
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
movies
eye 2,406
favorite 0
comment 0
Ed Dunne, longtime member of the Haight Ashbury Recycling Center, describes how he got involved, how the center works, and what some of the problems are of solid waste disposal.
Topics: recycling, HANC, Ed Dunne